Newsletter for week of October 23 - 30

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Join us this Sunday at 11AM for our Worship Live Broadcast through Livestream & radio.

We will also gather at 8:30AM on the Chapel Steps this Sunday. Reservations, masks, and social distancing are required.

Rev. Dr. Ed Hurley preaches.

His sermon title is "But We Had To Celebrate!"

The scriptures include Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17 and Luke 15:11-32.

Following the 11AM Livestream Service, join us to Celebrate Sharing Together with a special Drive-Thru Pledge and Box Lunch Event. Beginning at 12:15pm at the Porte-cochere entrance, you will drive through to give your pledge and receive your box lunch. We ask everyone to wear a mask and remain in your car. Ministers will be available for prayer if desired. We look forward to Celebrating and Sharing with you at this special event. Donations for box lunches appreciated.

Bulletins for this Sunday

* Click here for this Sunday's 8:30AM in-person bulletin (reservations required - click here to reserve your spot).

* Click here for this Sunday's 11AM broadcast-only bulletin

* Click here for the bulletin insert with this week's announcements

Not sure how to continue giving when you can't drop your gift in the offering plate?

You can give online! Click here to learn how!


SOCIAL JUSTICE BOOK CLUB @ 6:30PM - The next gathering is this Sunday, October 25 at 6:30PM to discuss the book “Tightrope - Americans Reaching for Hope” by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. Join us by Zoom!

- Click here to join

- Meeting ID: 864 3591 7508
- Password: 136778
- You can connect using your phone for audio only by calling (929) 205-6099
- Questions: Contact Laura Chapman at (205) 910-7688 or


* Builders Class

- This class not meeting at this time

- Contact Ken Laney at (205) 215-0093 for more information

* Connected in Christ

- Meeting at 10am online

- Join by browser, smartphone or tablet:

- Access code: 147 988 080

- Questions: Contact Brian Hurst

* Discipleship

- Meeting at 9:30am in the courtyard

- Questions: Contact Mary Price at (205) 296-0952

* Inquirers Sunday School

- Meeting at 9:15am via Zoom

- Click here to join

- Meeting ID: 381 150 9964

- Password: 573647

- You can connect using your phone for audio only by calling (929) 205-6099

- Questions: Contact Leland Keller

* Making a Home for Faith

- Meeting at 9:30am via Zoom

- Studying the early chapters of the book by Glenn McDonald “Six Discipling Relationships”

- Click here to join

- Meeting ID: 712 656 9183

- Password: 2020

- You can connect using your phone for audio only by calling (929) 205-6099

- Questions: Contact Larry Michael at (205) 492-9992

* Market Place People

- Meeting at 9:30am via Zoom

- Studying Isaiah

- Contact Charles Fowler or Carolyn Ashworth with questions and for the link to connect through Zoom

* New Covenant

- Meeting at 9:30am on the Chapel steps

- Questions: Contact Tom Buck

* Upper Room Sunday School

- Meeting at 9:30am via Zoom

- Beginning a new study book - Devotional Classics

- Click this link to join -

- Meeting ID: 412 836 016

- Password: 167127

- You can connect using your phone for audio only by calling (646) 558-8656 or (301) 715-8592

- Questions: Contact Bill Stribling



6:30PM - Prayer Service

via Zoom

- Click here to join

- Meeting ID: 843 3659 4161

- Password: 140149

You can connect using your phone for audio only by calling (301) 715-8592

led by Rev. Dr. Ed Hurley


10:00AM - Friday Friends

Since in person gatherings at church may not happen for several more weeks, please join us for an informal gathering at McCallum Park in Vestavia. Bring a folding chair and a mask and plan to catch up with friends for an hour or so.


FALL FESTIVAL - This month, we have a new kind of Fall Festival for families due to these unusual times. On Saturday, October 31 from 10:30am to 12:00pm, join South Highland at the Children’s Fresh Air Farm in Bluff Park (501 Park Ave, Hoover, AL 35226) for a life-sized, family-friendly game of Clue and enjoy socially-distanced, masked fellowship for children of all ages! Families with children 5th grade and younger will be trying to solve the mystery of “Who took Brown Bear,” Katya O’Leary’s beloved companion during Children’s Messages on Sundays. All children who come in costume will receive a Halloween goodie bag to take home with them! SHPC Youth and adult volunteers will help with the event. Admission to the event is free, and friends are welcome! Contact Katya at or Daniel Killilea at for more information.


CELEBRATING SHARING TOGETHER - This theme of our 2020 Stewardship season invites us as a united family to serve, celebrate, and share how our Lord Jesus Christ has worked in our lives and through the ministries of SHPC. During this season you will hear how the membership and ministries of SHPC have been fully alive with the passion of Christ. You will have a chance to actively participate in a celebration campaign where you can share your celebrations with others. A letter announcing the Stewardship season and an email inviting you to participate in the celebration campaign will be coming soon. The work of our Lord continues at SHPC, even though we are physically apart. During this stewardship season we ask you to prayerfully consider how you can give of your time, talent, and treasures. With gratitude and celebration, Co-Chairs: Janice Cotton and John Morris along with Rev. Dr. Ed Hurley, Senior Pastor

ALL SAINTS’ SUNDAY ~ November 1- All Saints’ Sunday is a day to remember our members and their loved ones who have died within the past year. We are asking for all those to send in names of family or friends to Dina Glass at by Tuesday, October 27, so that we can include them in our All Saints’ Sunday bulletin.

ELECTION DAY ~ Tuesday, November 3 - Need a ride to the polls? Laura Chapman is organizing volunteers to take you to the polls on election day. If you need a ride, please contact her at 205-910-7689 or

WARM MEMORIES SOUP FUNDRAISER FOR ACA - November is the month for “WALKING TO REMEMBER” WITH ALZHEIMER’S of Central Alabama. The South Highland Center has always been a huge supporter and is thinking "outside the box" this year. Take a walk with your family for your own brain health and send us a picture. Then warm your tummies with some soup! Reserve your soup now! Click here to sign-up for one-quart containers of either Squash Bisque, Roasted Red Pepper and Smoked Gouda Bisque, Roasted Poblano Pepper and White Cheddar Soup, or White Chicken Chili. Suggested donation of $15.00 each. Pre-orders are required. All soups will be sold frozen. Pick-up will be October 29th in the circular drive in front of the church from 3:30-6:30pm.

HYMNS FOR HUNGER! On Wednesday, November 4 at 6:30pm, we will gather together on-line to worship by offering to God and to one another our hymns and ourselves for the sake of God and the world. This will be broadcast on Facebook live and YouTube from the Sanctuary. As we prepare for this Hymn Festival, we encourage you to tell us what are your favorite hymns and why. What stories and memories do you associate with this hymn? How have hymns shaped you in your faith journey? Has there been a particular hymn that has helped sustain you in this difficult season? Please take the time to let us know by visiting to fill out the on-line questionnaire or by contacting Matthew at

SAVE-A-LIFE BABY SHOWER - Pam Buck invites you to a drive-by shower on Tuesday, November 10th at Vestavia Pregnancy Resource Center, 1480 McGuire Rd., 35216, starting at 6:30. There are six moms expecting seven babies in the Sav-a-life childbirth/parenting classes right now. Anyone wanting to help with gifts, food, or presence please contact Pam at (205) 478-3278 or

WOULD YOU LIKE TO LEARN HOW TO READ MUSIC? On Sunday afternoons from 1:30 - 2:15pm, Matthew Grauberger will be hosting a ZOOM Music Theory Class for those of you who wish to learn how to read music, rehearse your part on your piano at home, or just want to learn more about music theory. Everyone is invited to participate, not just members of our Music Ministry. If you are interested in joining us please contact Matthew at

YOUTH MINISTRY UPDATE: October’s Youth Ministry plan is available by going to and looking for the link at the top of the page! This Sunday, we will return to a Virtual Youth Group over Zoom to talk all about our voices, and Daniel will send connection info at the end of the week. Also, please let me know which youth can help with set up and operation of the Fall Festival for this coming Saturday, October 31 (from 10:30am to noon), at the Children’s Fresh Air Farm!

CHILDREN'S MINISTRY - See above info about the Fall Festival. Contact Katya at for more information.


HEARTFELT PRAYERS AND SYMPATHY are extended to all friends and family at the death of Judy Fleck on October 15. A Witness to the Resurrection service will be held this Sunday, October 25 at 3:00pm in the South Highland Presbyterian Church courtyard and also streamed over YouTube live on the church's account at Seating will be limited and masks must be worn. Please enter the courtyard by the Richard Arrington gate entrance. Rev. Dr. Ed Hurley will be officiating.

THANK YOU! In August, 2020, the Session voted to authorize an immediate fund raiser of $300,000. With your generous support and prayers we reached our goal.

WE PRAY FOR YOU! The South Highland staff is proud to announce that we have set up a special prayer email for the congregation to send in their prayer requests. This email is The list will be compiled then given to the staff who will pray for these requests at our scheduled meeting and throughout the week. These will only be seen by the staff unless we are told to add to the official Prayer Sheet for South Highland. As always your Staff cares about you and your family!


FEED MY SHEEP MINISTRY UPDATE: Do you want to be a front-line part of the Feed My Sheep Ministry team next year? Sue Keith will be moving to Tennessee soon, and she is wanting to put together next year’s team. This ministry needs servants who can commit to being at the church on Wednesdays from about 9:00am to 12:00pm and to take bags of groceries to our neighbors, who are not able to walk to church, every two weeks. There are also many opportunities that can be performed at home. If you want to talk about ways to become more involved, please email Sue at

SUNDAY CLUB UPDATE - We are not meeting yet, but you can help bridge this gap to provide good food for our folks by doing the following:

1. Make a casserole;

2. Bring prepackaged snacks like Little Debbie’s, chips, crackers etc.;

3. Bring fresh fruit (that does NOT need refrigeration) such as apples, oranges, and bananas, etc.

Clearly mark any donations with a label that reads “Sunday Club” and deliver them to the SHPC kitchen. We are sharing some food from the Feed My Sheep ministry each Wednesday with our friends in two Norwood boarding homes. (There are approximately 12 folks at each house.) We would love to add a few “extras” like those mentioned above. Our friends are delighted to receive whatever we donate and are very grateful. I know I can count on so many of you who like to cook! Thanks so much for helping us! Questions? Contact Genie Deason at

SUNDAY CLUB MEAL PROVIDERS NEEDED - SUNDAY CLUB MEETINGS WILL RESUME as soon as possible. If you or a group with which you are associated would like to help provide a meal to our Sunday Club folks, let us know! If you’d like to be a part of this ministry there is much need. I’m praying for a Co-leader in scheduling and seeking program providers. There is someone in this fellowship who has one or all of these gifts: administration, encouragement and helps. You are needed! I don’t intend to be the sole administrator of during 2020, but definitely want to stay involved and help train you, if you feel led to help in this ministry. Please prayerfully consider what you could do. Please contact Genie Deason at or Rob Staffen at

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED - Can you spare 4 hours a day, once or twice a month? The church office is in need of smiling faces to help greet people coming into the church and answering the telephone. If you would like an opportunity to brighten someone’s day, please call Brenda Keith at 205-933-0790 or email at to volunteer.

SHOP or the South Highland Outreach Project is developing a faith-based mental health model for the Birmingham Faith community. We are currently outgrowing our space in the Builder’s classroom and recently approved a 3-year strategic plan to help meet our community’s needs. We meet every Tuesday from 9am - 12pm and would love to share our future with you through volunteering or leading a topic for the day with helpful information to our participants. If you are interested, please contact the church office.

WNL KITCHEN MINISTRY NEEDS YOUR HELP! Do you have a desire to step out of your comfort zone and volunteer for a cause, a group of people, for your faith or any other heartfelt reason? WNL Kitchen Ministry is a great place to start! We are in dire need of additional volunteers to join us. Two individuals are needed each Wednesday evening during the WNL season to help set up, serve and clean up during the Wednesday dinners in the Davis Family Hall. The time commitment for this ministry is minimal and the schedule is flexible. Explore your heart and see where the spirit may lead you. If you have any questions, please reach out to Barbara Hayslip (205-329-3330 or

SUNDAY MORNING NURSERY HELP NEEDED - We want to continue to give our paid workers some time off. If you can help out in the nursery, contact Elsa Holaday at (205) 903-8192

EVANGELISM TEAM - Are you aware that South Highland has an Evangelism Team? Its purpose is to equip ourselves to better share our faith by speaking the Good News of Jesus Christ; to develop and improve our relationships with God, with other members of our Church, and with people outside our Church; and to do a better job of making disciples of Christ. Interested? If so, speak to one of our pastors or Mark Stephens.

EMERGENCY CONTACT INFOThere have been several times at South Highland when the church has not been able to contact family or friends in an emergency or times of illness. Please fill out this form to provide emergency information for our database.


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